Mike O'Driscoll

About Mike O'Driscoll

Mike has over 30 years experience in the international mining and minerals industry, specialising in industrial minerals and markets, for which he is widely recognised as a leading expert. After serving 26 years at Industrial Minerals (IM) magazine – 17 years as Editor – Mike left IM in 2014 to pursue an independent career in the industrial minerals business, and launched IMFORMED in January 2015 with Ismene Clarke. Read more >

Magnesia market meets in Bilbao

MagForum 2019 Review – a market in transition?

A sunny Bilbao beckoned the leading lights of the world magnesia market to gather and discuss the industry’s latest trends and developments at IMFORMED’s MagForum 2019, at the Occidental Bilbao during 13-15 May 2019.

Over 200 attendees from across the magnesia minerals supply chain enjoyed the sumptuous Welcome Reception […]

By |Sunday, 26 May, 2019|Newsfile|0 Comments

Industrial minerals’ future shines in the City of Light

Review of IMFORMED Rendezvous, 8-9 April 2019, Paris

You can’t beat Paris in the Springtime, and you would be hard pushed to beat a more enthusiastic and knowledgeable crowd discussing the future and fundamentals of the industrial minerals business in Paris last month.

The inaugural IMFORMED Rendezvous held at Les Jardins du Marais, 8-10 April, brought together […]

By |Wednesday, 8 May, 2019|Newsfile|0 Comments

CIMBAR opens new US barite plant & acquires ATH plant

CIMBAR Performance Minerals Inc. has recently opened a new barite operation in Marietta, Ohio, serving the north-east regional oilfield market.

The new plant’s main product is API Drilling Grade Barite with a production capacity of around 125-150,000 tpa and represented an investment of approximately US$5.5m.

According to CIMBAR, the northeastern US oil and gas market has maintained […]

By |Thursday, 25 April, 2019|Newsfile|0 Comments

Rendezvous in Paris in the Spring – Thank you!

Just a quick note to say a big thank you to all our sponsors, speakers, and delegates for supporting and participating in such positive fashion at our inaugural IMFORMED Rendezvous this week (8-10 April, at Les Jardins du Marais).
It was a real pleasure to facilitate such a vibrant forum on its first outing for a wonderful […]

By |Thursday, 11 April, 2019|Newsfile|1 Comment

Squaring the Circular Economy with industrial minerals

Mineral Recycling Forum 2019 Krakow – Review

This year’s Mineral Recycling Forum 2019 took place in the lovely city of Kraków, south Poland, where international delegates from across the supply chain of industrial mineral recycling gathered to network and listen to an expert panel of speakers.

The Welcome Reception at the Malecon Restaurant provided excellent views across […]

By |Tuesday, 2 April, 2019|Newsfile|0 Comments

Industrial minerals: what’s it all about? Part 2

Drivers, factors, keys to success

Following on from our earlier analysis of the underlying principles of the industrial minerals business (see Part 1: Overview, structure & key takeaways), here we discover what makes it tick, by highlighting the industry’s drivers, influencing factors, and keys to success.

All these aspects of the market and more will discussed and […]

By |Thursday, 21 March, 2019|Newsfile|2 Comments

Industrial minerals: what’s it all about? Part 1

Overview, structure, & trends

The industrial minerals market is not always an easy one to understand. Minerals and rocks exploited for their non-metallurgical value represent a vital but frequently poorly understood sector of the global minerals industry – often (and rather unfairly) labelled as “unglamorous” and even “the Third World of the mining industry”!

But without industrial […]

By |Thursday, 14 March, 2019|Newsfile|0 Comments

Prof. Wen Lu 1937-2018 | Authority on China’s industrial minerals

It is with great sadness that we report the recent passing of Prof. Wen Lu, the respected authority on Chinese industrial minerals.

Wen Lu’s contribution to knowledge and understanding of China’s vast industrial minerals resources was second to none.

In particular, his communication of that knowledge, charming manner, and all round willingness in responding to and co-operating […]

By |Thursday, 14 March, 2019|Newsfile|2 Comments

Mineral Recycling Forum 2019, Krakow, 4-6 March

Looking forward to meeting all and networking in the beautiful city of Krakow next week at Mineral Recycling Forum 2019.

Excellent speakers on key topics driving the evolution of the secondary raw material supply chain for industrial mineral markets.

Competitive manufacturing industries in Europe: circular economy and access to raw materials
Maria Nyberg, Policy Officer, European Commission, […]

By |Sunday, 3 March, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Meet you at the SME Annual Meeting Denver

Smart Mining – Resources for a Connected World, 24-27 February 2019

Mike O’Driscoll, Director, IMFORMED will be attending this year’s SME Annual Meeting & Expo, 25-27 February 2019 at the Denver Convention Center – more details here.

Very much looking forward to connecting with all our North American and international contacts and meeting new friends in the […]

By |Monday, 18 February, 2019|Newsfile|0 Comments